Just hours after we had a similarly offensive poll removed from Univision.com, GLAAD was alerted to a Sun-Sentinel online poll that asked if gay and lesbian people deserved equal rights. Not on any specific issue mind you, just "equal rights." The question, featured in the Florida paper’s online Today’s Buzz, section asked: “Do you think gay people should have equal rights?”
The question, which inherently implies that equality should be voted on, undermines the very notion that everyone should have the ability to take care of and provide for their families.
At the crux of the online poll is the fact that Florida is the only state that explicitly prohibits adoption on the basis of sexual orientation. Currently, Florida is the only state that denies gay and transgender parents from adopting.
Community members reached out to GLAAD with concerns about the framing of the question and we asked the newspaper to take the poll down. The paper complied.
While the Sentinel’s unscientific poll casually asked a meaningless question, the truth remains that in Florida 35,000 eligible children languish in the state’s foster care system and are denied permanent homes. These children are left in an endless cycle of frequent relocation to foster homes, years in state care and worse yet – aging out of the system because they were denied a loving, forever home and caring parents. Florida’s blanket adoption law disregards what is in the best interest of children. Bottom line – this hurts them.
GLAAD will continue to spotlight the concrete harms of Florida’s adoption ban and criticize media outlets that miss the mark in their coverage.